As of 2013, 87 fire lookout structures remain standing on the tops of rugged summits across the state of Washington.
This page provides some history, locations, and photos of these last standing sentinels of Washington's past.
Throughout human history, different groups of people have held to a wide variety of beliefs to explain these changes.
Early Greeks ascribed earthquakes to the god Poseidon expressing his wrath, an explanation that accounted for their unpredictability.
Pillow-lava fragments dredged from Lö'ihi have fresh glassy crusts, indicative of their recent formation. The intense 1996 earthquake activity at Lö'ihi launched two "rapid-response" expeditions in August-September by University of Hawai'i scientists to conduct onsite observations of the activity.
The exact ages of the sampled Lö'ihi flows are not yet known, but certainly some cannot be more than a few hundred years old. This included surface-ship bathymetric surveys and a series of manned-submersible dives to make closeup observations and collect lava samples.
Here is one example of an isochron, based on measurements of basaltic meteorites (in this case the resulting date is 4.4 billion years) [Basaltic1981, pg. Skeptics of old-earth geology make great hay of these examples.
At the system’s peak, there were 5,000 lookouts nationwide—including 685 overlooking the extensive forests of Washington.We all see changes in the landscape around us, but your view of how fast things change is probably determined by where you live.If you live near the coast, you see daily, monthly, and yearly changes in the shape of the coastline.As we pointed out in these two articles, radiometric dates are based on known rates of radioactivity, a phenomenon that is rooted in fundamental laws of physics and follows simple mathematical formulas.Dating schemes based on rates of radioactivity have been refined and scrutinized for several decades.